What Happened in January 1906

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Dutch law makes driver's license mandatory
  • Jan 1 The poll tax of £1 per head on all adult male inhabitants of Natal, South Africa, except indentured Indians and married Blacks, imposed by the Natal parliament in 1905, becomes payable.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Willis Carrier recieves a US patent for the world's first air conditioner

Engineer Willis Carrier
Willis Carrier
  • Jan 4 South Africa beat England by one wicket, their 1st Test win
  • Jan 6 Maurice Ravel's "Miroirs" premieres in Paris
  • Jan 8 A landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, kills 20 people.
  • Jan 10 The British and French begin consultations on military and naval issues
  • Jan 12 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26)
  • Jan 12 Football rules committee legalizes forward pass

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 12 Henry Campbell-Bannerman's cabinet (which included H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election

British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman
British Prime Minister
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
  • Jan 13 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile
  • Jan 16 -Apr 13] Conference of Algeciras (about Morocco)

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Jan 19 Gerhart Hauptmann's "Und Pippa Tanzt!" premieres in Berlin

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Jan 22 SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.
  • Jan 25 Del Valle Inclans "El Marqués de Bradomin" premieres in Madrid
  • Jan 27 Rudolf Gundersen skates world record 500m at 44.8 sec
  • Jan 29 Coen de King skates world record time: 32,370 km
  • Jan 31 Strongest instrumentally recorded earthquake, Colombia, 8.6 Richter

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Frank Stack, Canada, speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1932)
  • Jan 1 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d. 1974)
  • Jan 3 Roman Brandstaetter, writer
  • Jan 5 Kathleen Kenyon, 1st person to place date on remains of Jericho
  • Jan 6 Benedict Vilakazi, South Africa, poet/educator (Zulu-English Dictionary)
  • Jan 6 Jaap Wagemaker, [Adrian B], Dutch sculptor
  • Jan 8 Jan A H J S Bruins Slot, Dutch founder illegal Trouw/MP (ARP)
  • Jan 8 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter/guitarist
  • Jan 11 Albert Hofmann, Switzerland, chemist (discovered LSD)
  • Jan 11 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer
  • Jan 11 Robert Nesbitt, impresario
  • Jan 12 Henny Youngman, England, comedian (Take my wife please...)
  • Jan 12 Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)
  • Jan 12 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (d. 1942)
  • Jan 13 Maxime Jacob, composer
  • Jan 14 Walter Knape, composer
  • Jan 14 William Bendix, actor (Lifeboat, Babe Ruth Story, Life of Riley), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 15 Aristotle Onassis, Greece, rich shipping magnate
  • Jan 15 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1962)
  • Jan 16 Clement Greenberg, art critic
  • Jan 16 Diana Winyard, actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England
  • Jan 18 Hans Aeschbacher, Swiss sculptor (Venus de Six-Tours)
  • Jan 19 Ish Kabbible, [Merwyn Bogue], Penns, comedian (Kay Kyser's Kollege)
  • Jan 19 Lanny Ross, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 21 Fred Fehl, Austrian/US Broadway photographer
  • Jan 21 John Putz, British journalist (Guardian) (d. 1995)
  • Jan 21 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer (d. 2007)
  • Jan 22 Robert E[rvin] Howard, US, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror)
  • Jan 22 Willa B Brown (Coffey), US African American air pioneer (NAAA)
  • Jan 22 Joe Gladwin, English actor (d. 1987)
  • Jan 23 Bob Steele, Pendleton Oregon, actor (Duffy-F Troop, Big Sleep)
  • Jan 24 Norman Cook, museum curator
  • Jan 27 Radames Gnattali, composer
  • Jan 28 Allan Walker, actor/writer (Red Buttons Show)
  • Jan 28 Harry van Kruiningen, [Henri A Janssen], painter/graphic artist
  • Jan 28 Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)
  • Jan 29 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • Jan 29 Joe Primeau, NHL center
  • Jan 30 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill)
  • Jan 31 Benjamin Frankel, composer
  • Jan 31 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 23 Composer Igor Stravinsky (23) weds Yekaterina Nosenko

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Joseph Miroslav Weber, composer, dies at 51
  • Jan 1 Sir Hugh Nelson, Premier of Queensland (b. 1835)
  • Jan 5 Kathleen Kenyon, English Archaeologist who excavated Jericho (the oldest known continuously occupied human settlement that has been inhabited for the last 11,000 years), dies at 72
  • Jan 13 Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)
  • Jan 16 Marshall Field, founder of Marshall Field and Company (b. 1834)
  • Jan 18 Bartolomé Mitre, President of Argentina (1862-70), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Joseph Wheeler II, Confederate General, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Pierre L Goossens, Belgian archbishop of Malines/Cardinal, dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Christaan IX, King of Denmark (1893-1906), dies